Frequently Asked Questions
Still have questions about leather?
isitleather is an initiative that supports the leather industry. Our education and transparency focused campaign is helping to raise awareness among consumers on a wide variety of issues regarding real vs. fake leather products.
isitleather.com is a central hub for leather. We help educate consumers, promote transparency, and offer a wide selection of certified real leather products for consumers to browse in our online store.
The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness. Many consumers are unaware that real leather is being replaced by fake leather (plastic-based) products. We encourage transparency and believe that consumers should know exactly what their products are made from so that they are able to make a well-informed purchase decision.
Real leather products offer many benefits in addition to being luxurious, long-lasting, and high performing. To learn more about why so many consumers love leather, visit our Benefits of Leather page!
Plastic replacing leather affects many consumers in two main ways:
- Plastic products are often lower quality than real leather.
- Plastic based products are often not clearly labeled as “fake” leather, creating a confusing marketplace for consumers.
Leather comes from nature and helps us reduce waste! It has been used for centuries as a logical and effective way to make use of leftover hides and increase the utilization of the animal. While some criticize the tanning process, it is hard to argue that throwing leftover animal hides into landfills and replacing leather with plastic alternatives is a sustainable practice. If you want more information regarding the sustainability of leather, please visit our Sustainability page.
While there should be clear labelling and transparent disclosure of the material used, it is not always the case. View our How to tell Real vs Fake Leather page to learn more!
Plastic alternative “fake” leather products are often not durable, can show wear and tear and crack. These alternatives are of lower quality than leather and do not hold their value when compared to real leather.
Common fake leather alternatives names include the following:
- Vegan Leather
- PU Leather
- Faux Leather
- Imitation Leather
- Artificial Leather
Be direct that you desire REAL leather when you buy a product. Ask questions and demand that the product you are purchasing is made from leather.